Before adopting the proposal of UKIPG for engineers to take a competence test at least every five years, ICE should make it easier to determine such basics as an individual's status of membership of the Institution.
I understand that the decision to cease publication of the ICE Members Handbook some six or seven years ago was made on the grounds of the Data Protection Act.
The deprivation for colleagues, clients, regulators, public and employers of the ready means to determine an individual's membership status was spurious, as can be seen from the similar handbooks that continue to be published by other professional bodies.
Lack of simple access to such information weakens the value of disciplinary action, such as suspension or expulsion, and hardly encourages graduate engineers to aspire to chartered status.
Andrew Coatsworth, andrew. coatsworth@virgin.